Serv-a-thon or Soak-a-thon?

Serv-a-thon or Soak-a-thon?

Building off of the momentum in Long Beach from our first pilot school last month the Team Kids Youth Council (TKYC) decided to plan their 4 day Servathon serving Long Beach County. You can stop looking, the word Servathon is not in the dictionary…It is a word unique to Team Kids and defined by the passionate hearts of a group of highschoolers who love serving others! Every year the TKYC spend part of their summer trying to make this world a better place through serving communities for 3-5 days straight! There were some amazing service projects this year, if you have a moment watch the full slideshow by clicking here and see photos below:

IMG_1653This group got to lead a pet rocks craft in the oncology/hemotology unit at Miller Children’s Hospital, ROCK ON!

Spontaneous stop at a local flower shop in Long Beach

Spontaneous stop at a local flower shop to hand out friendly flowers to anyone in sight to bring a splash of sunshine into the lives of the LB community!

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The owners of the flower shop joined in on the fun and stayed open extra late to help us individually wrap each flower.

IMG_1169I’ll never forget this amazing Vietnam Veteran. Our interaction started with him saying “could you get out of my way?” And after we learned about his service, injuries and thanked him for all his sacrifices, he had tears rolling down his face. Our TKYC kids brought him a beautiful poster/card written by TK kids at Lafayette and he felt so appreciated. We asked if there was anything we could do to help him, and he said , with a smile, we had done enough. That’s the TK Serb-A-thon magic!

IMG_1596 Who is this mystery man beneath the icy waterfall? Someone very special to the founding of Team Kids, retired Irvine Police Chief Dave Mihalik. He met us at one of our service projects in Long Beach to complete the ice bucket challenge in honor of the Fallen Officer Foundation. IMG_1324 These kids were peanut butter and jelly making machines! The kids made hundreds of sandwiches and distributed them to the homeless at Lincoln Park in Long Beach. IMG_1306 SO PROUD of the murals the TKYC spent hours and hours painting at our pilot Long Beach School Lafayette Elementary. This is just one of the 5 murals that were painted in this school’s “Laffe Cafe”! Principal Wendy Thompson’s daughter created the designs and sharpied them onto the walls, so talented! P.S. Do you see the oversized fork skewering Seamus’ head, yikes!

IMG_1887 Drawing inspiration from this video, the youth council each brought 2-3 used backpacks filled with everyday essentials like socks, hygiene supplies, sweatshirts etc and found people in need of these backpacks around Long Beach. IMG_1472I kid you not, we spent 2 hours “light-painting” on the last night of the Serv-a-Thon. Light-painting is not a joke, it requires abnormal arm strength, high range of motion, rainbow glow-sticks and 4 very delirious chaperones!

 

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